The network that blazed the trail for design shows on TV with “Trading Spaces” is returning to its roots. After numerous shows driven by little people, families with multiple children and personalities like Sarah Palin, TLC is moving back into the design business with the currently titled “Mad About the House” and a former member of Bravo’s “Flipping Out,” Ryan Brown, is the face of the network’s new series.
“I’m so excited about it, because really TLC is where it’s at,” Brown tells Zap2it exclusively. “They’re the ones who put decorating shows on the map with ‘Trading Spaces.’ So, I’m so thrilled and honored to be the first one out the gate with this. I know the TLC viewers are really going to love the program. It’s great.”
The new series gives married couples $25,000 and three weeks to make over three rooms in their home and follows the couple as they try to see eye-to-eye on their design visions.
“‘Mad About the House’ brings home makeovers back to TLC,” says TLC’s general manager Amy Winter. “Through a big-concept format that gives us double the design, we address the completely relatable challenge of having couples try to agree on the look and style of their home. By exploring renovations through the lenses of relationships and taking a look at how well couples know each other’s style, the series is a perfect complement to our schedule.”
“They’ve got three weeks to do this,” Brown adds. “Which is actually a good amount of time. So, you also get to see some great transformations take place over that amount of time, too. So, it’s relationship, it’s home design, it’s construction. It’s everything all mixed in one, which makes the show so fabulous.”
Viewers last saw Brown during his dramatic exit from Bravo’s “Flipping Out” after star Jeff Lewis accused his then-best friend and business partner of stealing clients from him. Although the two are no longer in contact, Brown says he’s at peace with what went down and stands by what he said in that season’s reunion episode.
“It was time for Jeff and I to go our separate ways,” he says. “I wish him the best. He’s doing well and I’m doing well. And things are great this way… I feel people who watched the show over the course of the years saw who I am and got a good understanding of me – a family man and a designer.”
Will you be tuning in to Brown and TLC’s return to the design business?